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Teen killed on US-31 and Riley


HOLLAND TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Holland teen is dead after an incident on US-31 and Riley Tuesday morning.

The Ottawa County Sheriff says that Ruth Borgman, 64, called police at about 6:20am after arriving at her workplace saying that she had hit something in the road in the area of US-31 and Riley. Deputies were checked the intersection and found Jonathan Bracamontes, 15, lying near the median. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say that Borgman told them that she was traveling southbound on US-31 in the left lane with a large truck on her right. She had the green light and something ran out in front of her vehicle. She hit it and called police after getting to her workplace.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash should call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office at 616-738-4042. The incident is still under investigation.


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Zeeland gears up for annual Pumpkinfest Celebration


ZEELAND (WZZM) - Fall Festival season is kicking off across West Michigan. In Zeeland, organizers are gearing up for the 30th annual Pumpkinfest.

The 3-day event kicks off Thursday and features all things pumpkin. New this year is the Avenue Art Project. Local artists are displaying 14 different sculptures throughout the downtown area showing off the city's pumpkin pride. The festival also includes a wide variety of events for children and people of all ages.

"I think it is just the family friendly atmosphere in the downtown area that just brings everybody together. Parades on Saturday at 3 o'clock.. pumpkin bowling... pumpkin seed spitting contest just a lot of fun events," said Doug Vos, a downtown Zeeland business owner.

Michigan Works! hosts Holland job fair


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Dozens of positions are available for jobseekers along the lakeshore at a hiring event going on today.

Five companies will be in attendance at the event: Macatawa Area Express, Plascore, Primera Plastics, Hillshire Brands and Effex Management Solutions.

The hiring event is happening from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Michigan Works office on 121 Clover Street in Holland.

If you're interested in finding work, you're encouraged to bring a copy of your resume and be ready to meet with hiring representatives.


Mother of man found dead in Lake Macatawa describes heartbreak


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities say autopsy results show no signs of criminal activity in death of the man whose body was found in Lake Macatawa last week, 20-year-old Candelario Soto. Police do continue to investigate.

A mother's love is unconditional, and for Soto's mother, Maria Diaz, that means forgiving her son's past as she now mourns his untimely death.

"Sunday [September 21], when I saw my son, we went to church together," says Diaz. "Unfortunately, that was the last time I saw him."

On Friday, Soto's body was found in Lake Macatawa. Investigators are still looking into the cause of death.

On Tuesday, September 23, Soto missed a court appearance for a minor in possession charge, according to court officials.

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Body found in Lake Macatawa identified as Candelario Soto


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have identified the body discovered Friday morning in Lake Macatawa, near Pine and River Avenue.

Holland Police confirm the body is that of 20 year-old Candelario Soto.

When WZZM 13 arrived on scene, police Soto had just pulled from Lake Macatawa. It was first spotted near a dock, just after 11 a.m. Friday. Soto had had been in the water for a long period of time, police said.

"People that were mowing here saw something in the water that looked to be a body and it turns out it was in fact," says Captain Jack Dykstra with the Holland Department of Public Safety.

Police don't know how Soto ended up in the water. They say there were no obvious signs of foul play but are still investigating.

"We investigate things from the standpoint of the worst case scenario and try to eliminate and determine what happened," says Captain Dykstra.

Holland Twp. Dollar General robbed


HOLLAND TWP. Mich. (WZZM) - A man wielding a knife robbed the Dollar General Store on Douglas St. Saturday night. Ottawa County Deputies say a man approached the clerk pretending to buy an item shortly after 8:00 p.m.

When the clerk opened the cash register the suspect pulled out a knife. He then grabbed money from the register and ran from the store. A police K-9 unit tracked the suspect for a short distance. Police believe he got into a waiting vehicle and took off.

He is described as being in his 20s, about 5'8" weighing around 170 pounds. he was wearing tan khaki shorts, a black t-shirt, and a tan boonie style hat.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.


Byron Center dominates Holland


BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Byron Center tallied eight touchdowns and torched Holland 58-26 in a wild shootout Friday night.

The Bulldogs dominated WZZM's Game of the Week by outscoring the Dutch 28-6 at the half.

Byron Center (4-1) scored 23 points in the third quarter.